Head of Academic Music, Shanghai, China

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Wellington College International ShanghaiShanghai, China

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Start date: 1st Aug 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: No

Teaching Opportunities 

with Wellington College in China

We are looking for a head of academic music to lead curriculum delivery in years 6 to 13. The head of academic music will manage a team of both Senior and Prep music teachers, working with departmental colleagues and providing leadership at each stage of the curriculum. 

It is most like that the head of academic music will have a background in secondary school teaching, including IGCSE and either A Level or IBDP delivery. Wellington has a growing number of pupils who take IGCSE and IB examinations and results are very good. There are many more pupils in younger years who are passionate about music and whom the College would envisage taking music options in later years. 

The head of academic music will also work closely with the head of performance music (who is responsible for all aspects of music outside the curriculum, including musicals, music concerts and events). The partnership between these two roles is important and each person will work across areas, with the head of academic music expected to be a significant part of the co-curricular programme. (The head of performance music will also teach curriculum lessons in the music department). 

The College has achieved a significant amount in five years of operation, with the standards of performance high. There is now the ambition to take this to the next level with music playing a critical role in the College’s commitment to holistic education. The head of academic music role is an important part of this overarching ambition. The ability to work with and manage teams is critical, as is the ability to inspire pupils in their love of music. 

Applications from the UK state or independent sector are particularly encouraged as are those from candidates who have IBDP or international experience. 

If you would like to find out more about this post or teaching in China and the exciting professional opportunities available in Wellington schools, join us at one of our events in October 2019.

To find out more go to https://www.wellingtoncollege.cn/careers/  

To book a place at our events, please click here  for registration

Should you have any questions, please email  recruiting@wellingtoncollege.cn

Wellington College International Shanghai opened in August 2014 as Wellington’s second partnership school in China, and has rapidly developed a reputation as the premier international school in the city.   It currently has 1,280 pupils and continues to grow by over 150 pupils per year. The College is divided into three schools, with a Senior School (years 9 to 13) and Prep School (years 1 to 8) on the main campus and Early Years (nursery and reception) in a new purpose-built centre nearby.   The College curriculum combines our focus on the Wellington values with the best of English and international curriculums.  The youngest children in the nursery and reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.   From year 1, the English National Curriculum provides the core of the curriculum in maths and literacy, with other lessons following the International Primary Curriculum.   From year 6 up, all children follow a school-devised curriculum, based on the English National Curriculum and taught by subject specialists to prepare for the study of IGCSE subjects in years 10 and 11.  Pupils in years 12 and 13 follow the prestigious IB Diploma Programme.

Wellington College International Shanghai aims to be the best international school  in China and to be great place for talented professionals to develop their careers. Our academic results to date have been outstanding, our IB students average above 36 points in 2018 and 2019, placing Wellington comfortably alongside the best international IB schools.    Most of our IGCSE pupils gain eight or more A*-A grades, with A* being by far the most common grade. 

Success in public examinations is important and we celebrate it. However, at Wellington College, excellent exam results and great university destinations, in the UK and worldwide, are only part of the picture. We want our pupils to be the very best people that they can be: to be kind, to have integrity in their actions, to take responsibility when necessary, to have respect for their environment, for others and themselves, and finally to show courage when needed. The Wellington values frame the way we think about what it is be a Wellingtonian, including the ways we work and what we hope to become.

For further information about Wellington College in Shanghai and its employment opportunities, please go to


An application form and further details of the above position are available on the website. The completed application form, together with a letter of introduction and an up-to-date CV, including the names and contact details of three referees, should be sent to  Jobs.shanghai@wellingtoncollege.cn

Wellington College Shanghai is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The successful candidate must be willing to undergo an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service, or local national equivalent.

More about Wellington College International Shanghai
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 2 - 18 years
Address: 1500 Yaolong Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, 200126, China. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +21 2151853860
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